Wildland Firefighter Academy

Elko County School District (ECSD), in collaboration with Elko County Fire Protection District, Nevada Division of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, and United States Forest Service, will provide an opportunity for ECSD seniors to receive required training to become a wildland firefighter during the school year, which includes both classroom instruction and field training.

 The Wildland Firefighter Academy is a five-week commitment, and allows for several make-up days for required fieldwork. The course is taught in a hybrid format to allow students from all ECSD high schools to participate. Agencies will coordinate mandatory field days at or near locations of students’ school of attendance on Fridays and/or Saturdays. 

 Two cohorts will be offered: February 9- March 22, with applications due by January 24 and April 12- May 31, with applications due March 20. Seniors interested in applying for either cohort can do so by logging in to their Schoolinks account, which can be accessed via the Clever portal on District Chromebooks.

 Once students complete the program and become 18 years old, they will have received all certificates necessary to become a wildland firefighter and/or join a local volunteer fire department. 

The total course will be 40-48 hours and include: 

  • ICS-100- Introduction to Incident Command System (4 hours online/ homework)
  • ICS-200- Basic Incident Command System (4 hours online/ homework)
  • S-110- Basic Wildland Fire Orientation (.25- 1 hour video)
  • S-130- Firefighter training (37-41 hours) 
  • S-190- Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (6-8 hours) 
  • L-180- Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service (4 hours)

For questions or more information, contact Heather Steel, ECSD CTE Facilitator/Work Based Learning Coordinator at hsteel@ecsdnv.net or 775-753-5575 ext 1554. 

 February/March Cohort Link to Application - DUE JANUARY 24 https://app.schoolinks.com/program-exploration/candidate/mVgLke

May/April Cohort Link to Application DUE MARCH 20